MORGANTOWN – On the root of Christmas is the delivery of Christ, and you’ll stroll by means of the story unfolded within the early chapters of Matthew and Luke on the stay nativity at Kingdom: A Neighborhood Church in Westover.
The church has been providing the stay nativity for greater than a decade, Pastor Kevin Cain stated Friday night because the Clever Males ready to half the curtains for this 12 months’s opening night time. But it surely’s grown since these early days.
This 12 months’s is titled The Mild of the World.
“We’ve expanded the whole lot through the years and made it extra of an immersive expertise,” he stated. Most issues as much as the manger scene can be acquainted, however on the finish they’ve added a collection of placards that inform the story of Christ previous the manger to his second coming.
And with Sunday marking Kingdom’s 25th anniversary, he stated, the underside of every placard additionally provides a chapter within the historical past of the church. Past that, there’s a prayer wall the place guests can put up prayer requests and pray with church members.
The nativity begins with the Clever Open opening the curtains to a queue tent the place Cain explains what is going to comply with. The primary space provides 4 vignettes from the revelation to the priest Zechariah of the conception of John the Baptist, to the angel’s go to to the sleeping Joseph.
The following set of curtains takes you into the shepherds’ area with an angelic choir. Then some Roman troopers admit you into the gates of Bethlehem, the place you stroll down the road previous market stalls to search out out the inn is full. One final gate and also you’re on the manger itself, with Mary and Joseph and the new child Phrase turn out to be human flesh within the cave, and an angel hovering above them.
“It’s not only a visible illustration,” Cain stated. “We’re telling the story of Christ’s delivery. … We did it for the primary time final 12 months and it was tremendous efficient, and we thought it was only a actual blessing for folks.”
The Mild of the World continues from 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 9. The church is situated at 540 Fairmont Street.